What the fuchsia?

Apparently it has been decided in some circles that pink has some “sinister undertones”:

Abi Moore, the co-founder of the protest organisation Pink Stinks, says: “We started as a reaction to the rampant stereotyping increasingly evident in products and clothing marketed towards children, and the use of the colour pink as a signpost for girls as to what is ‘for them’. We think that this ‘pink’ phase is the beginning of a journey, instilling seemingly innocent ideas of princesses, beauty, fairy tales and sparkles above all else. It limits girls in their early development to conform, be ‘girly’, and look pretty, preparing them for a life of body image anxiety and insecurity ahead … a marketer’s dream.”

So, according to the feminists, pink isn’t just a colour, it represents submission, insidious gender stereotyping and prettification. It is preparing little girls for a life full of kowtowing and compromise.

In other news, there is a protest organization called Pink Stinks.

Seriously: Huh? I live in a freaking pink house — been there for over seven years — and I am as unprincesslike an individual as you’re likely to find outside reruns of Dog the Bounty Hunter. Admittedly, I am not now, nor have I ever been, an impressionable young girl, but if this color is so insidious, surely it would have had some effect on the house’s previous owners, most of whom were female.

And it certainly hasn’t affected this guy.

(Via House of Eratosthenes.)



  1. Jeffro »

    7 February 2011 · 8:25 pm

    Submit to this, pink haters!

  2. Tatyana »

    7 February 2011 · 10:31 pm

    When I was a student in flower school, my favorite teacher used to say”There is no ugly color. It’s the people who make it so by including in ugly disharmonious combinations”

  3. Brett »

    7 February 2011 · 10:32 pm

    “I live in a freaking pink house”

    Ain’t that America?

  4. fillyjonk »

    8 February 2011 · 7:16 am

    The attitude of those folks makes me want to wear even MORE pink than I normally do. (I am wearing a sweater this morning that could be called pink. It’s more on the lilac side of things, but still, pinkish).

    That’s not very ‘submissive,’ is it?

  5. Tatyana »

    8 February 2011 · 7:18 am

    FJ – not unless you also wear a princess’ crown!

  6. CGHill »

    8 February 2011 · 7:43 am

    She’ll wear a pancake on her head before she’ll don a tiara.

  7. fillyjonk »

    8 February 2011 · 7:48 am

    Oh, I’d wear a tiara. But I’d wear it ironically, so it would be okay then.

  8. Tatyana »

    8 February 2011 · 7:53 am

    Pity…I imagined FJ in lavender sweater and tiara sparkling with salmon-hued Swarovskis impatiently tapping her knitted-socked foot (shod in Birkenstock) while a student, prostrated on his knees, offers her his lab quiz…

  9. Tatyana »

    8 February 2011 · 7:54 am

    See? I feel vindicated!

  10. fillyjonk »

    8 February 2011 · 8:29 am

    Hah. As if a student would ever consider prostrating himself in my presence. My students are more likely to be “princesses” (or “princes”) than I am….

  11. Tatyana »

    8 February 2011 · 8:31 am

    That’s because you wear pink! You signal submissiveness!

  12. fillyjonk »

    8 February 2011 · 9:01 am

    No, more that I lack the mentality-of-entitlement.

    Though I do know some people who would consider being anything a jot kinder than a “brass-plated witch” was being “submissive.”

  13. Tatyana »

    8 February 2011 · 9:08 am

    at least “brass-plated witch’s intentions are unambiguous…an entitled-to princess in invisible tiara, a benevolently smiling viper, is magnitudes worse…

    OT: FJ, I just finished a book that made me think of you, Barbara Pym “Excellent women”. Try it, if you haven’t yet.

  14. Jeff Brokaw »

    8 February 2011 · 11:39 am

    I hate the pink thing for entirely different reasons: pink baseball caps, football jerseys, etc. look frigging stupid.

    Girls – listen up – it’s OK to wear the original stuff in the original colors. There is nothing masculine about a girl wearing “guys” athletic gear. In fact, most people think girls of all ages look great in such gear. It’s cute. Don’t mess with it. You aren’t making it better by pinking it out.

  15. nightfly »

    8 February 2011 · 2:31 pm

    In re: jerseys – that goes double for hockey sweaters. Wear the team’s colors! We guys dig that.

  16. Nicole »

    8 February 2011 · 6:44 pm

    Hm. I avoided pink like the plague when I was a lil’ girl. I still had body image issues and insecurities well into my 30s. If I’d known wearing black, flannel and ripped jeans would have done that, I’d have taken my chances with pink! :)

    Totally agree about the pink masculine things. Every time I see a pink hammer it makes me want to smash it with a black hammer.

  17. Violins and Starships »

    9 February 2011 · 9:55 am

    This ‘n’ That…

    Judging by the continued popularity of pink stuff it seems that an awful lot of girls actually want to be girly. How is denying them what they want any better than the oppression of the past that we have worked to overcome?…

  18. canadienne »

    10 February 2011 · 9:47 am

    I suspect the mothers of the little girls are responsible for the some of the popularity of pink stuff. I know personally two little girls who opted for other colours when given a choice. (One chose red as her new favourite colour.)

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